The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions’ (IACAPAP) mission is to advocate for the promotion of the mental health and development of children and adolescents through policy, practice and research. The IACAPAP also promotes the study, treatment, care and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and disabilities involving children, adolescents and their families with emphasis on collaboration among the professions of child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, social work, paediatrics, public health, nursing, education, social sciences and other relevant disciplines. www.iacapap.org.
The Institute of Mental Health (IMH), a member of the National Healthcare Group, is the only tertiary psychiatric care institution in Singapore. Located on the sprawling 23-hectare campus of Buangkok Green Medical Park in the north-eastern part of Singapore, IMH offers a multidisciplinary and comprehensive range of psychiatric, rehabilitative and therapy services in hospital-based and community-based settings. The 2010-bedded hospital aims to meet the needs of three groups of patients – children and adolescents (aged below 19 years), adults and the elderly. Besides providing clinical services, IMH also leads in mental health research and training the next generation of mental health professionals in Singapore. www.imh.com.sg
The Section of Child Psychiatry was formed under the College of Psychiatrists. The Section aims to promote mental health and develop better treatment and care of mental and emotional issues in children and adolescents. It has also been instrumental in the development of best practice guidelines for management and treatment of psychiatric illness. In 2014, the clinical practice guidelines on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was published by the Chapter of Psychiatrists/ Academy of Medicine and the Ministry of Health. It aims to help professionals understand the evidence-based treatments for ADHD that are available and to plan treatment for children and adolescents with ADHD. www.ams.edu.sg/colleges/psychiatrists/home